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BROOKLYN DECEMBER 2015/JANUARY 2016 • Vol 97, Issue 6

NEWS FOR BROOKLYN BUSINESSES

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n October 21st and 22nd, a 60-member Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce delegation went to Washington, D.C. for our Annual Legislative Visit. This was the largest delegation ever to make the trip in the Chamber’s 97year history.

Getting Down to Business The main goal of the Annual Legislative Visit is to effectively highlight the successes of our great borough, as well as share challenges being faced by local businesses, with Brooklyn’s federal representatives. Carrying the consistent, strong message of Brooklyn being a “Borough of Makers,” the delegation met with Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand and Congress Members Yvette D. Clarke, Dan Donovan, Hakeem Jeffries, Carolyn B. Maloney, Jerrold Nadler and Nydia M. Velázquez. In addition to the legislative meetings, the Chamber also hosted lunch receptions with Ambassador Robert W. Holleyman II, Deputy United States Trade Representative, and Congress Member Charles Rangel on October 21st; and EdwardIsaac Dovere, Senior White House Reporter for Politico, on October 22nd. Based on the feedback from our 2014 Member Issues Survey, we noted in our meetings with legislators that the top three obstacles to doing business in Brooklyn were: 1. Cost of Real Estate/Finding Available Office Space 2. Increased Cost of Providing Health Insurance for Employees 3. Government Regulations, Fines and Violations. We also highlighted the importance of incentives for business owners to expand and create jobs in Brooklyn.

Brooklyn Night The crown jewel of the trip was the highly anticipated “Brooklyn Night,” held in the Kennedy Caucus Room, that showcased over 30 local food and beverage manufacturers and attracted more than 700 attendees, including several members of the U.S. Senate, House of Representatives and representatives from various federal agencies. This event highlighted the critically important economic gains being made across BrookContinued on Page 2

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lyn in areas as diverse as food manufacturing, furniture design, software development and a wide array of innovation economy sectors.

Thank You Thank you to the entire delegation that attended the Washington, D.C. trip to help the Chamber advocate for the needs of the Brooklyn business community. We applaud all of the companies that provided food products for a very successful Brooklyn Night in Washington, D.C.: Aladdin Bakers, Aunt Butchies, Brooklyn Bangers, Brooklyn Brewery, Brooklyn Brine, Brooklyn Cupcake, Brooklyn Roasting Company, Brooklyn Seltzer Boys, Brooklyn Winery, Bruce Cost Ginger Ale, Coney Island Brewing Company, Cracked Candy, Damascus Bakery, Foxes U-Bet, Gillies Coffee, Grady’s Cold Brew, Jacques Torres, JoMart Chocolates, Joyva, Junior’s Cheesecake, Kings County Distillery, Li-Lac Chocolates, Michael’s of Brooklyn, Morris Kitchen, Nathan’s Famous Hot Dogs, New York Pretzel, Red Hook Winery, Sfoglini, Spoonable, Steve’s Authentic Key Lime Pie, Steve’s Ice Cream, TMI Trading, Tower Isles Frozen Foods, Tumbador Chocolate and Villabate Alba. Special thanks to the entire Davidoff Hutcher & Citron LLP team, our federal government relations representatives, for their guidance; our Board Chair Denise Arbesu for her leadership; and our Government Affairs Committee and co-chairs Toni Yuille Williams and Gil Cygler for working closely with us on the agenda. Bravo to the dedicated staff of the Chamber. Their hard work was the foundation of the success of this trip. Finally, without our sponsors, this trip would not have been possible: Delta (Presenting Sponsor), Big Bus Tours and Investors Bank (Lunch Sponsors), Airbnb, NYU Tandon School of Engineering, NYU Langone Medical Center, Time Warner Cable and New York Methodist Center. The Chamber is now inspired more than ever to continue our mission of being a strong and effective advocate for job creation and overall improved economic conditions in Brooklyn. 2 Brooklyn’s Progress

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1. Brooklyn Chamber Delegation Members; Brooklyn Chamber President & CEO Carlo A. Scissura; U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer; and Brooklyn Chamber Board Chair Denise Arbesu. 2. Carlo A. Scissura; Denise Arbesu; Congress Member Charles Rangel; and Gil Cygler, AllCar Rent-A-Car. 3. Carlo A. Scissura; Congress Member Carolyn Maloney; and Denise Arbesu. 4. Over 600 people attended Brooklyn Night in D.C. 5. Carlo A. Scissura; Denise Arbesu; U.S. Senator Chris Coons; U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand; and Chris Taylor & Anwar Khoder, Li Lac Chocolates. 6. Ana Oliveira & Biagio Madaio, Investors Bank; and Lisa Bing, Bing Consulting Group, Inc. 7.Brooklyn Chamber Delegation Members; Congress Member Nydia Velázquez; and Carlo A. Scissura. 8.Carlo A. Scissura; Congress Member Hakeem Jeffries; U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer; Denise Arbesu; and Congress Member Yvette Clarke. 9.Bob Letteney & Mimi Braniff, Delta Air Lines; U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand; Patricia Ornst, Delta Air Lines; Denise Arbesu; and Carlo A. Scissura. 10. Brooklyn Chamber Delegation Members; Carlo A. Scissura; Denise Arbesu; and Congress Member Dan Donovan. 11.Congress Member Jerry Nadler; Carlo A. Scissura; and Brooklyn Chamber Staff.

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Today, there are over 20 craft beverage makers in Brooklyn. As New York’s most populous county, and an exciting tourist and travel destination, we hope you enjoy these self-guided wine, beer and spirits trails. All three maps can be downloaded at ExploreBK.com.

rooklyn serves as a hub of creation for craft beverage makers, as well as a prime market for sellers. The borough has a rich history of producing craft beverages, with some breweries and distilleries existing for over 100 years before being shut down during Prohibition.

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The Human Element: Business Consulting the Vistage Way T here are rare moments in life when the right email or phone call comes at exactly the right time. In fact, that’s precisely how I found myself in my role as a chair for Vistage International in Brooklyn. Ever since I started as a consultant with the German strategy consulting firm Roland Berger in 1991, I’ve had a knack for helping business leaders solve real problems. I have a mind for data, analytics and strategy and a true passion for applying those skills to help people develop innovative solutions. With these skills, I worked as an external consultant and then as an internal executive running strategy groups for Sony Corp. and Discovery International. I eventually became the president and CEO of the Association of Management Consulting Firms (AMCF). However, I realized I still wanted more. I wanted to coach leaders in a more intimate, impactful way. I wanted to have a direct influence on people’s lives and work collaboratively with leaders who desired to make real changes in both their professional and personal environments. Ultimately, I went off on my own to become an independent consultant in order to be on the front lines with CEOs and leaders making tough business decisions. That’s when I received a life-changing email from Vistage asking me to accept a position as a chair for the organization. I accepted without hesitation. As consultants, we tend to dwell on data, strategies and facts. Vistage is different, however. It’s an opportunity to work with a consultant and a coach who really listens to and helps you work through your struggles. As a chair for Vistage, I’ve had to challenge myself to get out of my left brain and recognize that succeeding at the human element of business is most important. That level of empathy coupled with a willingness to discuss important issues spanning the purely business-oriented to the deeply personal, is what makes Vistage

John F. Furth, Brooklyn Chair, Vistage International, and President of Furth & Associates, LLC

chairs successful. As a chair for Vistage, my primary responsibility is to build groups of business leaders with diverse skills, backgrounds and experiences. I look for people who are inherently extroverted and collaborative – team players who are eager to learn. Once the group is formed, I facilitate monthly peer think tank sessions that use Vistage methodologies to process issues in each participant’s personal and professional life. We then agree to actions and solutions they can utilize to solve their problems, and hold them accountable the next time we meet. In addition to these peer coaching sessions, I do one-to-one business coaching each month with members of the group. If you’re a business owner or CEO of a company that is either established or rapidly growing, and have a strong desire to work with a group of peers to improve your performance and grow your firm quicker and more profitably than your peers and competitors, Vistage membership could be extremely valuable and I’d love to hear from you.

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Public Relations and Marketing Tips for Small Businesses

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mall businesses are typically lean operations with tight budgets, particularly those that are just starting out. While hiring a marketing and PR expert will yield results, many businesses simply don’t have the extra time or capital available to bring in the right person for the job. Luckily, there are some tricks of the trade that small business owners can implement in order to help increase brand awareness, attract new clients and grow revenue.

Plan, Plan, Plan Begin by developing a well-thought-out, strategic plan that accurately describes your company, its products/services and key messages. This will help focus your efforts and serve as a benchmark to measure success down the line. In the plan, include publications that are widely read by your target audience (i.e. traditional “major media” outlets, regional publications, vertical outlets and relevant blogs) as well as social media influencers who discuss emerging trends that are impacting your industry. Then, hone in on the key journalists within these outlets with whom

you want to develop a relationship. Having this strategy in place as a jumping off point will serve as the foundation from which you are able to activate your marketing and PR campaign.

Know Your Area of Expertise Before talking to journalists, make sure you know the topics that fall within your area of expertise in order to position yourself as a thought leader in your industry. Narrowing down what you are able to discuss with the media will not only help you grow your client base, but it will give you credibility amongst key journalists that cover your industry and region. Next, find the best way to communicate your expertise to the public in a way that meets your company’s growth objectives. You can pitch yourself to reporters as an expert on a specific topic in order to be quoted in a story they are writing, or you can write a contributed article on a specific topic and place it in one of the key publications listed in your strategic plan. Both options are great ways to get your name out there and penetrate your core market in order to position

your company for growth.

Communicating Effectively with Reporters Journalists are looking for story ideas about broad market trends rather than details on specific companies, products or offerings. To pinpoint larger trends, you can use information gleaned from client interactions, look at specific activity in your marketplace and share any statistical data you might have on hand to help elucidate overarching themes. When reaching out to a reporter, either by phone or email, keep the content short and sweet, and don’t be afraid to follow-up if you don’t receive an answer right away. If you don’t feel comfortable proactively reaching out to reporters, there are tools available that can help. One such resource is Help A Reporter Out (HARO), which connects journalists with sources on specific focus areas, including business and finance, high tech, general interest and travel, among others. It is free to participate and is an easy way to secure coverage in targeted media outlets on topics that fall within your expertise.

Defining Successful Marketing and PR Successful marketing and PR means that you have spread your message to your target audience, engaged key influencers and differentiated yourself from competitors. While hiring an outside marketing and PR firm can be expensive, especially large and mid-sized agencies, you can easily activate the above tips to get your company’s name out there in order to stand out in this increasingly crowded marketplace. Sarah Griffin is a PR consultant and founder of Kane & Hook Communications. With 13 years of experience, she provides strategic planning, media relations, thought leadership, program execution and writing services to clients operating in the financial services, legal, pharmaceutical, real estate and technology industries. For more information, please contact kaneandhookcomm@gmail.com.

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To celebrate their 50th year as owners of Gargiulo’s Restaurant in Coney Island, the Russo family recently oversaw a complete renovation and facelift of the famous eatery. After being devastated by Superstorm Sandy, Gargiulo’s now has a modern and updated look that appeals to all patrons. “The Russo Family is happy to celebrate 50 years in business embracing all that is going on in Coney Island,” said Nino Rus-

so, co-owner of Gargiulo’s. “We are more excited today than we were in 1965.” Gargiulo’s Restaurant was established in 1907 by the Gargiulo family. In April 1965, the Russo brothers – Michael, Victor and Nino – embraced Coney Island as their new home and acquired the restaurant from the Gargiulo family. The Russo family kept the name and implemented their Neopolitan hospitality and cuisine, making it the landmark that exists today.


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n October 28th, the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce hosted its Annual Membership Meeting and Trade Show, featuring NYC & Company President and CEO Fred Dixon as keynote speaker. The event was held at Gargiulo’s Restaurant in Coney Island. “Our partnership with the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce strengthens our global promotion of New York City as the world’s most exciting destination,” said Fred Dixon, President and CEO of NYC & Company. “Visitors want to experience the ‘authentic’ New York City, and that growing interest in borough neighborhoods and culture means the opportunity for visitor exploration and spending throughout Brooklyn is greater than ever.” The event — which saw over 500 attendees — also featured a presentation of the Brooklyn Chamber’s top 10 accomplishments of the year, including the first-ever Brooklyn Night in Washington, D.C., the CHEERS NY craft beverage festival and innovative partnerships with both Google and Airbnb. The Brooklyn Chamber’s leading achievement was the creation of its Economic Assessment — a snapshot of the borough’s economy that provides insightful details on the real estate market, job growth, population, and flourishing and threatened industries, among other topics. “Brooklyn is always one step ahead, and I’m proud that the Chamber continues to find innovative ways to keep up with this incredible borough,” said Brooklyn Chamber President & CEO Carlo A. Scissura. “We certainly made quite on impact in 2015, whether it was through fantastic events like CHEERS NY, BKLYN DESIGNS or Brooklyn Night,

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2 incredible partnerships with Airbnb and Google, or the release of our Brooklyn Economic Report. I think it’s pretty clear, we’re not your grandparents’ Chamber.” “I couldn’t be prouder of the monumen-

tal achievements made by the Brooklyn Chamber over the past year,” said Brooklyn Chamber Board Chair Denise Arbesu. “The Chamber is an amazing resource for the borough’s small business community — en-

suring proper healthcare, providing on-site service, and offering recruitment services, among others — which secure that Brooklyn businesses and our Members receive the support they deserve!”


Another highlight of the evening was the 3rd Annual BrooklynMade Awards, honoring the finest products of 2015 in the categories of food, beverage, design, apparel & accessories, tech/hardware and M/ WBE. This year’s winners, which were chosen by an independent jury, are:

Food: Jomart Chocolates Since 1946, Marine Park’s Jomart Chocolates has been serving their chocolate covered marshmallows, butter crunch, nut brittles and pretzels handmade to perfection.

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Design: Watermark Designs For more than three decades, Watermark Designs has been a leading manufacturer of decorative plumbing fixtures, bathroom accessories, lighting and elegant hardware for the luxury commercial and residential markets. Based in East New York, Watermark’s designs are a reflection of the creative meltingpot from which they hail.

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Apparel & Accessories: Riva Precision Over the course of two decades, Ted Doudak and the Riva team have built a world-class manufacturing firm, now based in the Brooklyn Army Terminal, that specializes in high reliability and consistency for the world’s leading jewelry retailers.

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n December 1st, the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce held the eighth edition of its popular Newsmakers series, headlined by Meera Joshi, Commissioner & Chair of the NYC Taxi and Limousine Commission. The Commissioner & Chair discussed various topics during the event, such as the everyday role of the TLC, the impact of green taxis in Brooklyn, and the technological changes in the industry. “As a longtime Brooklynite,” said TLC Commissioner/Chair Meera Joshi, “it’s a privilege and a pleasure to share with these distinguished leaders how TLC initiatives help to move Brooklynites, support Brooklyn’s vibrant economy and its drive for greater development.” “The Brooklyn Chamber is honored to have had Commissioner Joshi speak at our Newsmakers event,” said Brooklyn Chamber President & CEO Carlo A. Scissura. “As Brooklyn grows, so do its transportation needs, and there is no one better than Meera Joshi to provide insight into the role of taxis and for-hire vehicles in the borough.” “Commissioner Joshi’s overview of the TLC and insight into the industry were both fascinating and critical,” said Brooklyn Chamber Board Chair Denise Arbesu. “With so many individuals who depend on these transportation options on a daily basis, it’s reassuring to know that the agency has a strong leader like Meera Joshi. The medallion taxis and other livery services are an integral and essential part of New York’s overall transportation network and economic engine.” Newsmakers is sponsored exclusively by Investors Bank, and is held in conjunction with

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Villain (Williamsburg) With two huge rooms, each with its own loft mezzanine, plus a fully customizable facade, this 19th Century textile warehouse offers lots of space, plus full AV, light and design and fabrication services. The space is ideal for companies and individuals to showcase their creativity.

Brooklyn Oenology (Williamsburg) Brooklyn Oenology Winery — or simply BOE — is a locally focused winery based in Williamsburg, founded in 2006. BOE crafts award-winning regional wines from New York State grapes and displays the work of New York City artists on its bottle labels. The BOE Tasting Room accommodates 60 guests and features its own wines, other NY State wines, whiskey, cider, beer and more.

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The New York Marriott at the Brooklyn Bridge can host conferences for 30 people and receptions for as many as 2,000. Those planning a wedding should know that the Marriott has one of the few in-house kosher catering options in Brooklyn, with four open Chupas in the Grand Ballroom.

The Picnic House at Prospect Park

(Park Slope) The Picnic House is a charming and historic location in Prospect Park. It boasts scenic views of the 90-acre Long Meadow, floor-to-ceiling windows, hardwood floors and a working wood fireplace — a breathtaking setting in the heart of Brooklyn. Its 4,000 square feet accommodate up to 240 guests in

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(Downtown Brooklyn) Classic Harbor Line is dedicated to helping locals and visitors alike enjoy the unique wonders of New York City by providing a relaxing, inspiring and breathtaking sightseeing cruise through New York’s waters. With a guest capacity of 49, it’s an intimate adventure in one of the most famous harbors in the world.

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Mama Rao’s (Dyker Heights) Mama Rao’s serves homemade Italian food that is bursting with flavor. With a capacity of up to 140 guests, Mama Rao’s features hundreds of menu items, and you choose your selection with their head chef. Mama Rao’s hosts company parties, bridal showers, birthdays, weddings, communions, baptisms, bachelor and bachelorette parties, conferences, corporate meetings and rehearsal dinners.


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Brooklyn-Made Shopping Guide Brooklyn-Made is a one-of-a-kind, market-driven certification program for locally made goods, which evaluates the extent to which a product is manufactured in Brooklyn. The Brooklyn Chamber is proud to announce that over 190 products have now been certified Brooklyn-Made. During this holiday season, we encourage all New Yorkers to shop local and buy Brooklyn-Made products. Whether you’re looking for a gourmet gift or a unique product with Brooklyn flair, you are sure to find it among the borough’s Brooklyn-Made certified products. Here are some of our suggestions:

Beverage Bonanza Widow Jane Heirloom Collection Gift Box, $95 Available on their website at www.Widowjane.com Other Suggestions: Brooklyn Winery, 2012 Pinot Nior, Los Caneros Brooklyn Republic Vodka

Jewelry for the Special Lady in Your Life Skyler Man Dainty Diamond Ring, $240-$260 Available Online at www.Skylerman.com Other Suggestions: Barbara Campbell Accessories Saskia de Vries Designs

Gifts $20 and under I Lost My Dog Brooklyn Solid Colors Type Color, $20 Available on their website www.ilostmydog.com Other Suggestions: Apotheke Body Soap Bruce Cost Ginger Ale

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For the Home Five Finger Furnishing’s Mad Men Chairs, $3,000 Available on their website www.fivefingerfurnishings. com/shop/madmen-chairs Other Suggestions: Fahz 3-D Printed Vases Think Fabricate Medicine Cabinets

Calling all Foodies Fatty Sunday Holiday Gift Sets, $25.95 Available online at www.fattysundays.com Other Suggestions: Isabella’s Creation Custom Cakes Steve and Andy’s Organics (Fruit Peels and Jams)

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E.B. White wrote, “No one should come to New York unless he is willing to be lucky.” We say, “No one should come to Brooklyn unless they are willing to be fed.” And with the variety of cuisines to be sampled, from Brighton Beach to Smith Street, it’s helpful to have a guide to point out the many high points in the borough. Here are five food tours we recommend.

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Bridge Park. In keeping with the emerging Brooklyn landscape as a lead destination for visitors, the hotel has embarked on a $45 million renovation and repo333 Adams Street, Bklyn, NY 11201 sition that will completely transform it The New York Marriott at the Brooklyn Bridge is located in the heart of both physically and in the way it serves Downtown Brooklyn, steps away from guests. Check out their newly renovated MetroTech Center, Brooklyn Heights and M-Lounge, ballroom, meeting rooms, Cobble Hill. They’re conveniently located and lobby. Visit brooklynvenues.nyc close to Barclays Center, the Brooklyn for more venues to host your upcoming Academy of Music (BAM) and Brooklyn meetings, events, and more. Damascus Bakeries photo courtesy of Ray’s Food & Walking Tours via Facebook.

Ray’s Food & Walking Tours (Flatbush) They offer one-and-a-half to two-hour jaunts that include “Classic Brooklyn’s Classic Eats,” covering Brooklyn Heights and Dumbo, and “Hip, Hispanic and Hasidic,” meandering through Williamsburg. The cost of each tour is $50 and includes the food.

driving — starts in Greenwich Village before taking guests to Williamsburg and Greenpoint, then onto Sunset Park, then back to Dumbo, sampling everything from pierogies to an authentic Cuban sandwich to Jacque Torres chocolates.

fering smoked fish with a schmear, to a Middle Eastern olive bar, to a fourth generation family-run pizzeria, to the birthplace of the hot dog—and every taste in between.

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(Williamsburg) This nearly five-hour “Best of Brooklyn” excursion — a combination of walking and

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(Ditmas Park) Taste your way through Brooklyn’s diverse neighborhoods with a native Brooklynite. This tour ranges from markets selling Italian sausages and olive bread, to a Jewish shop of-

(Red Hook) Raaka invites guests to discover unroasted chocolate made in Brooklyn. In their 45-minute tours, visitors get to taste raw cacao from different regions and compare how flavors vary across the world. From there, they see what transforms raw cacao to the silky smooth texture of Raaka’s bars. They then end the tour by savoring all of the chocolate maker’s signature craft bars.

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(Williamsburg) This two-hour tour of Williamsburg’s trendiest artisanal eateries winds from woodfired pizza and down home country barbecue to Brooklyn-made wine and walnut brittle, with stops at Fornino, Mable’s Smokehouse, Oddfellows Ice Cream, and Mast Brothers chocolates, among many others. Aside from the food, there is much more to experience on the tour.


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Bakery Goods (Manufacturers/ Distributors) L’estis Desserts 180 27th Street Brooklyn, NY 11232 www.lestisdesserts.com

Bakery Goods (Retail) Rimini Pastry Shop 6822 BAY PARKWAY Brooklyn, NY 11204 www.famousriminibakery.com

Banks/Credit Unions Gold Coast Bank 2929 Expressway Drive North Islandia, NY 11749 www.gcbny.com

Beauty/Hair Salons B. Out BlowDry Bar Salon 1065 Pacific Street Brooklyn, NY 11238 www.boutblowdrybar.com

Beverage (Distributors) Barrow’s Intense Ginger Liqueur 67 35th Street Suite 405, Brooklyn, NY 11232 www.barrowsintense.com

Business Coaching/ Development VeraCloud Technologies 745 Atlantic Avenue Boston, MA 02111 www.veracloud.us

Children/Family Services Crown Heights Service Center, Inc 121 New York Avenue, Brooklyn NY 11216 www.chscenter.org Five Star Childcare 3415 Neptune Avenue Brooklyn, NY 11224

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Community Service Organizations Cause Effective 505 8th Avenue, Suite 1212 New York, NY 10018 www.causeeffective.org

Economic Development Industrial & Technology Assistance, Corp. 39 Broadway, Suite 1110 New York, NY 10006 www.itac.org

Education/Training Yury Gelman Foundation 225 W. 39th Street, 2nd Floor New York, NY 10018 www.yurygelmanfoundation.org

Entertainment TrivWorks 9921 4th Ave, Apt. 3F Brooklyn, NY 11201 www.TrivWorks.com

Event Management NYCRUNS 619th Street, C2 Brooklyn, NY 11215 www.nycruns.com

Exterminators/Pest Control Deco Pest Contol, LLC 6623 13th Avenue Brooklyn, New York, NY 11229 www.decopestcontrol.com

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Financial Services Random Walk Consulting 472 7th Avenue Brooklyn, NY 11215 www.randomwalkconsulting.com

Food Products (Manufacturers/ Distributors) Joseph Shalhoub and Son, Inc. 1258 Prospect Avenue

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Graphics/Design Via Collective, Inc. 195 Plymouth St Brooklyn, NY 11201 www.viacollective.com

Health Care Providers Centerlight Healthcare 1250 Waters Place Tower 1 Suite 602 , Bronx,NY 10461 www.centerlight.org

Manufacturers Original Sin Corp 817 Broadway, 10th Floor New York, NY 10003 www.origsin.com

Moving/Storage A-1 First Class Moving & Storage, Inc. 156 Hinsdale Street Brooklyn, NY 11207 www.a1firstclass.com

Music/Sound Production Classie Sounds Entertainment 195 Bay 19th street Brooklyn, NY 11214 www.classiesounds.com

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Health/Wellness/Beauty HIT Factory 7914 3rd Ave Brooklyn, NY 11209 www.hitfactorybk.com

Hotels/Accommodations Holiday Inn Express Brooklyn 625 Union Street Brooklyn, NY 11215 www.expressbrooklyn.com Wyndham Garden Brooklyn Sunset Park 457 39th Street Brooklyn, NY 11232 www.wyndham.com

Information Technology IMIT SOLUTIONS 581 Glen Street Glens Falls, NY 12801-2243 www.timitsolutions.com

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Printers Chief Graphix 82 A South Bayles Ave Port Washington, NY 11050 www.chiefgraphix.com

Professional Services Alexandria’s Consulting 671 Willoughby Ave Brooklyn, NY 11206 www.alexandriasconsulting.weebly.com

Public Relations Connelly McLaughlin & Woloz 233 Broadway, Suite 2310 Brooklyn, NY 11201 www.candm1.com

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Thierry Goyer 305 15th Street Brooklyn, NY 11215

Thomson-Shore 7300 W. Joy Rd, Dexter, MI 48130 www.thomsonshore.com

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Scosha 64 Grand St Brooklyn, NY 11249 www.scosha.com

Brita Realty 135-18 Liberty Ave Richmond Hill, NY 11419 www.jamessellsdreamhomes.com

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Seiden & Schein, P.C. 570 Lexington Avenue, 14th Floor New York, NY 10022 www.seidenschein.com

Manufacturers Maria Castelli 220 36th Ave., Unit 87 Brooklyn, NY 11232 www.MariaCastelli.com Cooperstown Distillery 11 Railroad Avenue Cooperstown, NY 13326 www.cooperstowndistillery.com

ALLOY 2 20 Jay Street, STE 1003 Brooklyn, NY 11201 www.alloyllc.com

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Investors Bank and Brooklyn Chamber Get Dyker Heights in the Holiday Spirit

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he Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce is proud to announce that Investors Bank has made a donation to fully fund this year’s holiday lights on 13th Avenue in Dyker Heights. The avenue will be decorated with holiday skyline lighting fixtures between 86th and 65th streets. The Brooklyn Chamber, with the help of local business owners and community stakeholders, is also in the process of forming a Business Improvement District on 13th Avenue. “I would like to thank Investors Bank for their generous donation and for giving this wonderful holiday gift to Dyker Heights,” said Brooklyn Chamber President & CEO Carlo A. Scissura. “These holiday lights will beautify the 13th Avenue commercial corridor, leading to greater foot traffic, a more pleasant shopping experience for patrons and increased business for local merchants. The Brooklyn Chamber is proud to have facilitated this donation. Investors Bank is a terrific Chamber Member that is committed to improving every community they join.” Investors Bank will be opening a new branch on 13th Avenue in the spring of 2016. “We are pleased to support the Chamber’s activities by donating funds for the holiday lighting display,” said Investors Bank Chief Operating Officer Domenick Cama. “During this season of

giving, the Bank and its employees are also assisting local nonprofits that help many families in Brooklyn and across New York City. As a community bank, we are focused on making a positive difference for the people and local businesses in the many neighborhoods we serve.” “I was pleased to allocate more than $20,000 via a neighborhood development grant to the Brooklyn Chamber so that the 13th Avenue BID effort could get a significant push forward. That’s why I am so happy to learn of Investors Bank’s co-sponsorship with the Chamber for the Holiday Lights decoration on 13th Avenue this year,” said Council Member Vincent Gentile. “I would like to thank Investors Bank and the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce for teaming up to provide holiday lights along the 13th Ave-

nue business corridor in Brooklyn,” said Assemblyman Peter Abbate. “The residents of Dyker Heights are known for decorating their houses in elaborate lighting displays, so it is great to see the commercial district festive and bright for the holiday season as well.” “As the President of the 13th Avenue Merchants Association, I am always happy to see one of our merchants come forward with such intense support of our avenue and community, especially from a big company such as Investors Bank. Thirteenth Avenue is known as one of the few ‘mom & pop’ shopping strips left, so it is nice to see them give back to our small and friendly community. I think I can speak on behalf of all the Merchants of 13th Avenue by saying that this Christmas season, we will be thinking of and

thanking Investors Bank for keeping our avenue lit up and in spirit. May everyone at Investors Bank and in our community have a Blessed and Happy Season. And welcome Investors Bank to our avenue and to Dyker Heights, ‘The Christmas Light Capital of the World,’” said Dominick Sarta, President and supporting merchant of the 13th Avenue Merchants Association. “On behalf of La Bella Market Place we would like to thank Investors Bank for their generous support in lighting the streets of Dyker Heights this holiday season,” said Nick Pesce, owner of La Bella Marketplace. “I would like to welcome Investors Bank and thank them for bringing light to 13th Avenue. It’s always great to see change and expansion,” said Robert Pollina, owner of Pollina Pharmacy. “Thank you to the Brooklyn Chamber for their efforts! This will create a festive atmosphere across Dyker Heights. I would like to take this great opportunity to send my best greetings to Assemblyman Peter Abbate, Chamber President Carlo Scissura, Regina from Investors Bank and the merchants on 13th Avenue – wishing all of them a Happy Thanksgiving, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!” said Kenny Guan, President of Guan Realty Corp.

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